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In the 12th century Al-Idrisi mentions it as being inhabited mainly by Berbers, with an Arab minority, while a century before Al-Bakri stated that only Berbers lived there.The Egyptian historian Al-Maqrizi travelled to Siwa in the 15th century and described how the language spoken there 'is similar to the language of the Zenata'.Several uneven pedestrian streets lead from the southwest end of the Shali into it, the ground rent in places by deep cracks.
The fragmentary remains of the oracle temple, with some inscriptions dating from the 4th century BC, lie within the ruins of Aghurmi.
Until a tarmac road was built to the Mediterranean coast in the 1980s Siwa’s only links with the outside world were by arduous camel tracks through the desert.
These were used to export dates and olives, bring trade goods, or carry pilgrims on the route which linked the Maghreb to Cairo and hence to Mecca.
Guests may experience the unique atmosphere of the Great Hall at Southchurch Hall and the Refectory at Prittlewell Priory for weddings, civil partnerships, naming and commitment ceremonies and renewal of vows.
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